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I'm sure GM & Ford will also have full size truck options in the coming years, but I doubt you will see quad motors & the sort of performance Rivian will provide.
 

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I can guarantee a 8'x4' sheet of plywood will not lay flat in the bed. I am expecting a bed size of a Toyota Tacoma or Chevy Colorado
Dear Rivian. Please offer a truck with a 6-ft or longer bed length.
 

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I suspect the main reasons you won't see a longer bed on this model/iteration are the transmission and the motor on each wheel software they're working on. The linked hydraulic/air suspension likely puts a lot of its action fore to aft. Supporting different distances between the wheels is a lot more development time and different part sets to accommodate at the factory (which can get expensive fast). That change could also require re-solving an entire problem domain for the fancy steering/traction/slippage control they'll be leveraging from the independent motors. They have one and a half cars to do well. The R1T and the half of the R1S that isn't an R1T (but same wheel spread).
 

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I can guarantee a 8'x4' sheet of plywood will not lay flat in the bed. I am expecting a bed size of a Toyota Tacoma or Chevy Colorado
Dimensions are pretty similar to a modern Ford Ranger supercrew.
 

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Dimensions are pretty similar to a modern Ford Ranger supercrew.
First quoted forum post, not sure if it'll work, but I got some good details from a Rivian rep regarding bed size. See below:


"Hi Dan,

Congrats on your R1T preorder and welcome to the Rivian family! Regarding specs, any vehicle specifications are subject to change prior to production. To answer your question, we can share that the wheelhouse width is 50 inches. This makes the internal dimensions of the truck bed between the wheel wells greater than 48 inches. Hope this helps!

Best,
Gabi"
 

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At the Mill Valley/SF event, I was told by Adam Gase that plywood will fit in the back of the R1T with the tailgate down. There are small wheel well bumps, so if you want a load to ride flat, underneath support pieces would likely have to be added in the back of the bed. In this case, you don't get to take advantage of the full depth of the bed, but the wheel well bumps are not major.
 

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At the Mill Valley/SF event, I was told by Adam Gase that plywood will fit in the back of the R1T with the tailgate down. There are small wheel well bumps, so if you want a load to ride flat, underneath support pieces would likely have to be added in the back of the bed. In this case, you don't get to take advantage of the full depth of the bed, but the wheel well bumps are not major.
When you say support pieces are you referring to something to support the rearmost part of the sheetgoods, that hang beyond the tailgate?

My first plan would be to lay a 4x8 piece of plywood with some 2x4s underneath running lengthwise to support the weight and stiffen the plywood. I figure that would be good for drywall.
 

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That - 2 x 4s - would work well. Probably better than my idea of support blocks.
 

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Dimensions are pretty similar to a modern Ford Ranger supercrew.
And the bed size reminds me of the old Ford Explorer Sport...
 

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I don't think I would go through the expense and hassle to do these things. I would just buy a base work truck at a third of the cost or if electric was my real want I would go Cybertruck.
 

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Those silver anchors in the bed are for the roof rack bars, if you needed to elevate a load over the wheelwell bumps.

I'm curious how much weight the tailgate could support. Due to the 180 degree capability, it lacks the support cables that traditional tailgates have.
 
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